Tuesday, September 30, 2014 October starts fire prevention month for the Lafayette Township Fire Protection District. Our campaign this year has already begun with visits to our local schools and daycares. But it does not stop there. You can have your own fire prevention campaign at home. Visit our website or follow our posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as we will have information about fire prevention every week. This week we start with smoke detectors. These important and life saving devices play a critical role in early warning if a fire should happen in your home.
Smoke Detector Facts
Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms provide an early warning to your household and can save your life and the lives of your loved ones.
There are three basic types of smoke detectors:
- Ionization Smoke Detectors sound more quickly when a flaming, fast moving fire occurs.
- Photoelectric Smoke Detectors are quicker at sensing smoldering, smoky fires.
- Combination Smoke Detectors that combine both types are available and preferred for home safety.
Special Smoke Detectors are made to assist those with hearing disabilities often times using strobe lights and/or vibrate assistance.
Smoke Detectors can be purchased at your local hardware, home supply or general merchandise stores.
What you need to know about smoke detectors:
Installing Smoke Detectors:
- Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home and near sleeping areas.
- When installing smoke detectors, always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- Smoke Detectors that are hard wired (electric) need to be installed by a qualified electrician and the battery back-up changed semi-annually just as the other detectors.
Most hard wired smoke detectors also have a battery backup. Some use nine volt (9V) batteries, which should be changed every six months, others use lithium ion batteries. The lithium ion batteries do not have to be changed and reportedly have a life span of twelve years. Regardless of the type or power supply, these smoke detectors need to be tested monthly to ensure proper operation. If your smoke detector is more than ten (10) years old the entire detector should be replaced, even the hard wired detectors.
If you need assistance with installing a smoke alarm, and live in Lafayette Township, call Lafayette Township Fire Protection District’s non-emergency phone number 812-923-8003. We will come to your home and assist with the installation of smoke detectors.